The symbolic analysis above was borrowed from Autostraddle‘s lengthy, biting critique of how Taylor Swift is, in fact “a feminist nightmare.” According to “Riese,” a contributor over at Autostraddle, America likes Taylor Swift because she embodies “a palatable conservative ideology in the form of a complacent, repressed feminine ideal. It’s working ’cause Swift writes good songs and America is terrified that its children have been scarred by Britney Spears’s psychotic vagina and Miley Cyrus’s obnoxious adolescence.”
The author explains that Swift’s music videos reinforce gendered double standards such as the virgin/whore dichotomy, then goes on to address the fact that the narratives within those music videos are quite unimaginatively lifted from bad 90′s teen films. And yeah, nobody’s original, but some people are more creative with their copying and reproduction than others.
Most importantly, she worries that Swift may set a dangerous precedent towards the “vanilla-fication” of popular music, to which Rob Harvilla over at the Village Voice responds, “Are we all aware that 2008”s Album of the Year trophy went to Herbie fucking Hancock, doing Joni Mitchell covers? That Steely Dan beat Eminem? That the allegedly august company Swift now joins includes Natalie Cole, Norah Jones, “Smooth”-era Santana? Peep the past decade of AOTY victors and our virginal heroine comes out looking like the goddamn Sex Pistols.” Fair enough.
Anyways, I thought the diagram was brilliant, the debate is interesting (if a little sensitive), and that in fact it is DEEPLY shameful that Swift beat out Gaga and Beyoncé for the big Grammy win.
While we’re on the subject of gender, music, and sexuality, I stumbled over to Patent Leather Daddy the other day, only to find a FABULOUS mix/compendium that’s packed with everything from Gaga remixes and Nicki Minaj to Hudson Mohawke and Marilyn Manson. All of which is accompanied by an equally FABULOUS little film from Anthony over Hotgymnast.com… anyone know if this man is serious or not? I guess it doesn’t matter.
Anyways, the mix is an eclectic blend of off-kilter, noise-y indie vibes, ethereal 4×4 beats, and epic half-step hip-hop syrup. It displays an unusual curatorial instinct, and manages to make me give a few moments of tolerance to jams that I would usually skip immediately. And it’s TOTALLY PERFECT FOR GETTING YOURSELF AMPED AND READY 4 DA GYM.
Some highlights from the mix include:
A Human Disaster (House of House Remix) – The Juan Maclean (This track takes a while to warm up when it gets in the groove pocket it really nails it and stays there for a while)